Coroners

Coroners record and investigate sudden, unexpected and violent deaths. Her Majesty's Senior Coroner for North Wales (East and Central) covering Denbighshire, Conwy, Wrexham and Flintshire, is Mr John Gittins LL.B (Hons) Solicitor.

Not all deaths are reported to the coroner, in most cases, a GP or hospital doctor can issue a Medical Certificate of the cause of death so that it can be registered by the registrar. 

When is a coroner involved?

A death should be reported to the coroner when a doctor knows or has reasonable cause to suspect that the death: 

  • Occurred as a result of poisoning, the use of a controlled drug, medicinal product, or toxic chemical; 
  • Occurred as a result of trauma, violence or physical injury, whether inflicted intentionally or otherwise;
  • Is related to any treatment or procedure of a medical or similar nature;
  • Occurred as a result of self-harm, (including a failure by the deceased person to preserve their own life) whether intentional or otherwise;
  • Occurred as a result of injury or disease received during, or attributable to, the course of the deceased person’s work;
  • Occurred as a result of a notifiable accident, poisoning, or disease;
  • Occurred as a result of neglect or failure of care by another person;
  • Was otherwise unnatural.

The coroner should also be informed where:

  • The death occurred in custody or otherwise in state detention – of whatever cause;
  • No attending practitioner attended the deceased at any time in the 14 days prior to death or no attending practitioner is available within a reasonable period to prepare an MCCD; 
  • The identity of the deceased is unknown;
  • The cause of death is unknown.

When a death has been reported to the coroner the registrar must wait for the coroner to finish his enquiries before the death can be registered. These enquiries may take time, so it is always best to contact the coroner’s office before any funeral arrangements are made. 

What does the coroner do?

Coroners will look to establish the medical cause of death. If the cause remains in doubt after a post mortem, an inquest will be held. If the examination shows death to have been a natural one, there may be no need for an inquest and the coroner will send a form to the registrar of deaths so that the death can be registered by the relatives and a certificate of burial issued by the registrar.

Inquests

An inquest is held to record:

  • Who the deceased was
  • When, where and how he or she came by the medical cause of death 

When a conclusion is reached, the coroner records the details needed for the registration of the death.

An inquest does not determine any question of civil liability or criminal liability on the part of a named person.

Forthcoming inquests

Click on a date to see inquests taking place that day:

It is an offence to make any recordings or take photographs within the Court Room or the Court building
Wednesday 12 June 2019

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Mold, Flintshire, CH7 6NB


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
GEOFFREY PETER ROBERTS 57 BUCKLEY 12.12.18 10am
KAY TERESA SMERDON 45 SEALAND 18.12.18 11am
VICTORIA CLAIRE WILLIAMS 45 GLAN CLWYD 23.12.18 11.45am
KENNETH HAYDN
MONTGOMERY
39 FLINT 24.12.18 12.30pm
RONALD HAMMERSLEY 87 COUNTESS OF CHESTER 7.1.19 2pm
JOANNA CLAIRE DAVIES 47 WREXHAM MAELOR 5.1.19 3pm
SCOTT LEE JONES 45 MOLD 28.10.18 3.30pm
Thursday 13 June 2019

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
ARTHUR PRICE HUGHES
(PRE-INQUEST HEARING)
81 GLAN CLWYD 24.10.14 10am
CATHERINE LISA JONES
(PRE-INQUEST HEARING)
35 WREXHAM MAELOR 10.11.16 2pm
Friday 14 June 2019

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
HOWARD EDWARD CROFT 70 WREXHAM MAELOR 23.2.18 10am
BRYN ANWYL JONES 22 DENBIGH 2.6.18 2pm
Tuesday 18 June 2019

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
SAMANTHA JANE BROUSAS
(PRE-INQUEST HEARING)
49 WREXHAM MAELOR 23.2.19 10am
Wednesday 19 June 2019

Coroner's Court, Town Hall, Lloyd Street, Llandudno, LL30 2UP


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
BARRY MAURICE TEESDALE 69 COLWYN BAY 3.1.18 9.30am
EDITH MAY EVANS 85 STOKE HOSPITAL 19.6.19 12 noon
Thursday 20 June 2019

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
MICHAEL SHANE BOYLAN
(PRE-INQUEST HEARING)
62 NIGHTINGALE HOUSE 14.5.18 2pm
Wednesday 26 June 2019

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
LUKE LEON MORRIS JONES
(PRE-INQUEST HEARING)
22 WREXHAM MAELOR 31.3.18 11am
JUDITH GARRETT
(PRE-INQUEST HEARING)
29 STOKE HOSPITAL 1.9.14 2.30pm
Thursday 27 June 2019

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
DAVID CONIAM ANTHONY 54 WREXHAM MAELOR 25.1.19 10am
BERYL BIRCH 92 WREXHAM MAELOR 26.1.19 10.30am
BARBARA DOROTHY GOPSILL 78 GLAN CLWYD 26.1.19 11.15am
MENNA JONES 86 WREXHAM MAELOR 25.1.19 11.45am
MICHAEL MILEY GALLAGHER 31 RHYL 26.1.19 12.15pm
ARFON EVANS 83 GLAN CLWYD 27.1.19 2pm
JAMES BRIAN MARLAND 84 GLAN CLWYD 27.6.19 2.45pm
Friday 28 June 2019

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
JANET MARIAN BURNS 63 WREXHAM MAELOR 2.3.19 9.45am
GABRIELLE CLAIRE GARLAND 26 RHYL 23.1.19 2pm

 

Registration of Deaths

If the coroner decides that it is necessary for an inquest to be held, then the death will not be registered until the inquest has been completed, however an Interim Death Certificate will be issued by the coroner pending full registration.

At the conclusion of the inquest the coroner will register the death with the registrar for the area where the death occurred. The register offices for North Wales (East and Central) are:

The Coroner's Office

You can contact the Coroner's Office using the details below:

Address:
HM Coroner’s Office
County Hall
Wynnstay Road
Ruthin
LL15 1YN

Email: coroner@denbighshire.gov.uk  

Telephone number: 01824 708 047